We always seem to find weird stories happening in Florida, and crazy events happening at a Walmart. Now we’ve hit the jackpot by finding a Christmas tale that combines those two elements together in one failed criminal plot.
Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, were arrested after the two allegedly enacted a scheme where one faked a heart attack so that the other could steal a Barbie car and other toys from a Walmart in Lake Wales, Florida.
The store’s video surveillance system captured the entire event; the edited footage can be viewed in the player at the top of this post. The two are seen entering the store together, but then Dupree suddenly collapses, clutching his chest as though he’s having a heart attack. As other shoppers move to help Dupree, Scott allegedly grabbed $369 worth of toys and exited the store. According to WFLA, this included “a motorized power wheel Barbie car, a Leap Frog tablet, and a Barbie Glam vacation house.”
Once Scott was out of sight, Dupree reportedly stood up, left the Walmart, and then joined his partner-in-crime in a silver sport utility vehicle before taking off.
Police later located the men and arrested them. Deputies said that both Scott and Dupree have extensive criminal histories, and Scott was recently released after serving 10 years in state prison.